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design face-to-face value Clive Meanwell doesn’t like the word “headquarters.” Meanwell, CEO of The Medicines Company in Parsippany, N.J., didn’t want the international biotechnology and pharmaceutical company’s new home to be considered just its main base of operations, but rather more like a hub of energy and ideas. Drawing from his British roots, he and the steering committee for the new building wanted designers to use Piccadilly Square as an inspiration. “They were really looking for an independent location that would have more of an identity within the community,” says Kimberly Sacramone, IIDA, LEED AP, principal at HLW International in New York. The group was growing out of its old space and was housed on two different floors that were not connected. So after HLW proved itself with a new structure and an additional wing, the firm was recruited to complete the interiors, as well. To accommodate the tremendously long hours the Medicines Company staff works, HLW developed a design solution that blurred the line between home and office while still promoting efficiency and dedication. The original space housed a much larger number of open workstations when compared to private offices. The designers inverted that percentage of open versus private. “We took a different tactic when we built out the space,” says William O’Connor, vice president and chief accounting officer for The Medicines Company, who also served on the steering committee for the design of the new headquarters. “Most are looking for an open plan with a lot of cubicles and workspaces. We are closer to 75 percent offices.” The private offices are small at 10 ft. by 12 ft., have glass fronts to ensure proper lighting, and are acoustically sealed. While there’s a set kit of six to seven pieces of furniture (which can be configured in a variety of ways by the user) within the office, there is only one guest chair to ensure that people don’t engage in longer meet- HLW creates a headquarters for The Medicines Company that makes collaborative spaces and meeting facilities paramount for this pharmaceutical company with a global footprint By AnnMarie Marano Photography by Eric Laignel contract october 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - October 2009

Contract - October 2009
Slim Jim
Common Threads
Two Roads Diverge
All Together Now
Healthy Building
Face-To-Face Value
Life Goes On...
To Your Health
Designers Rate: Healthcare Seating
In Defense of Marriage (Of Convenience)
Ad Index

Contract - October 2009